Since the beginning of 2017, there has been concern over the restrictions placed on Melanoxylon Dalbergia (African blackwood). Blackwood has been added to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The goal is to control/monitor the sale and use of the wood and bagpipe sales represent a very small percentage of the overall market. One can say it is a good thing that the wood is being monitored for protecting future pipers!
To explain, bagpipe makers are now required to apply for a permit for exportation and we (as a Canadian vendor) must apply for a permit if resending to the USA, for example. US customers will hear directly from Environment Canada once their permit is processed. Initially, there was some confusion over how all this work and the time/costs involved. Mainly there was bureaucratic uncertainty with the process and many concerns have now been eliminated or reduced greatly! The timeframe now seems very reasonable.
We at Tartantown have now received blackwood from all the top makers and shipments have come through nicely. See picture above of our very recent McCallum/Duncan MacRae shipment. Flowing well!